The barnstorming campaign of Gov. Andrew Cuomo touting his new Tax Free NY proposal has not won over Republican Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco.

In an interview this afternoon, DeFrancisco said he understood Budget Director Bob Megna’s take that the program wouldn’t cost the state existing revenue.

But the Syracuse lawmaker indicated he was concerned that some existing businesses would pull out, since they wouldn’t be included in the program.

“I can see what he’s saying – it ‘s not a revenue impact because we’re not giving up anything because we don’t ahve the business already,” DeFrancisco said. ”But what we’re giving up is quite possibly we’ve been having a flight out of upstate and central New York of businesses and if you tell businesses that you are now second class it might accelerate that loss out of the state.”

As proposed by Cuomo, Tax Free NY would give businesses that settle near public college some private college campuses across-the-board breaks on taxes for a number of years.

Cuomo proposed the plan last week, with nearly every public event since then aimed at boosting the program.

The governor is appearing in several places today, including Plattsburgh, Binghamton, Utica and Batavia to tout the program.

DeFrancisco has previously said he’s skeptical of the proposal, telling The Post-Standard of Syracuse there are “better ideas” such as broad-based tax cuts, a view he’s sticking to today.

“I am not a big fan of it,” he said in the interview this afternnon. “I understand what he’s trying to do. but as a practical matter a broad-based tax cut makes a lot more sense.”

Cuomo has pushed back on the criticism that there should be broader tax cuts, noting that while he would back cuts in theory, the state couldn’t afford them right now.

The governor refuted the idea that the program creates “winners and losers” saying the state already encourages certain businesses to settle in New York through its tax code.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos hasn’t been fully committed to passing the program which still lacks bill language, but emerged from a leaders meeting late yesterday to say talks were moving in a “positive direction.”